Apr 11 2014

How to Throw a 90s Theme Party

There really is nothing more fun than theme parties!  We decided to throw a “Pick Your Decade Theme Party” a few weeks ago and wanted to share some of the fun details.

Everyone dressed up in any decade they wanted (made it easier for guests to find costumes) and we had a 1920′s  Gatsby Themed upstairs with a fun and crazy 90′s theme basement.

The 90′s Food: Capri Suns, Ring Pops, Doritos, Teddy Grahams, Rice Krispy Treats covered in Nerds, bagel bites and mini hot dogs. And Vodka Infused Gummy Bears.

90s Party Food Ideas

The 90′s Decor:  Photobooth, inflatable chairs, poloroid cameras, fringe garland with slinkies and neon everything. And a Stussie beerpong table.

90s Fringe Garland with Slinkies

(Check out our post on “How to Make DIY Fringe Garlands“)

90s Photobooth Ideas

90s Photobooth Ideas

Gatsby Themed Party Upstairs:

Sparkles, black white and gold decor, champagne fountain, gold and chocolate covered treats and a huge blow up champagne balloon

Gatsby Themed Party

Gatsby Themed Party

Gatsby Themed Party


Apr 9 2014

Free Bridal Shower Printable – Eat, Drink and Be Married

Need a thoughtful and/or last-minute bridal shower gift idea?  Have three bottles of wine? Download our free Eat, Drink and Be Married Printable wine labels, print on sticky paper and wrap around any bottle of wine for a sweet DIY bridal shower gift.  Don’t have sticky paper?  Try regular paper with spray glue.













In need of a sweet DIY Engagement Gift? Check out our DIY Engagement File.


Apr 8 2014

7 Bachelorette Party Ideas We Love From Pinterest!

Bachelorette Party IdeasGet ready for the best part of wedding season, Bachelorette Parties! If your BFF is tying the knot soon make her send off perfect by looking to The Gift Insider for creative gift ideas and party recommendations. If  ”7 Bachelorette Party Ideas We Love From Pinterest!” isn’t enough, check out TGI’s For The Bachelorette Party Pinterest page.

1. Ultimate Bachelorette Champagne Bottle


2. Bachelorette Party Cups DIY Tumblers


Bachelorette Party Ideas

3. Lips from all the Girls at the Bachelorette/Bridal Party

Bachelorette Party Ideas

4. Bachelorette Bucket List (Printable Game)

Bachelorette Game Ideas

5. Mimosa Bar

Bachelorette Party Ideas

6. Bachelorette Party Favors

Bachelorette Party Favor Ideas

7. Bachelorette Scavenger Hun

Bachelorette Game Ideas


Need help finding a gift for the wedding? Check out wedding gift Q & A or our wedding gift section on the site.


Apr 7 2014

How to Make Easy DIY Fringe Garlands

We threw a “Pick Your Decade Party” theme party a few weeks ago and wanted to create some festive but cheap decor for the basement ’90′s decor. We decided to try our hand at the DIY Fringe Garland we’ve been seeing all over.  Ended up being totally easy, here’s a tutorial on how to make your own.

You’ll need:  Tissue paper, string, scissors, washi tape (optional)

Step 1: Fold tissue paper in half, then half again.  Cut 1/2 inch slits from bottom up, leaving about 1 inch at top where it is folded

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Step 2:  Unfold the sheet completely. Beginning at one side start to roll tightly so there is so so the 1 inch fold is in the middle and cut strips on each side.

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Step 3: Fold in half and twist together at the top.  We wrapped a strip of washi tape around it to help it stay and add a little polish, but they stay just fine without it.

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Step 4:  Per garland, we recommend making 7-10 fringes.  String together through the loop you created on the top of each.  Play around with different colors and combinations. We cut up a cheap silver hanging door curtain to make silver accents and also used some mini slinkies since he had a ’90s theme.


Have any of your made this?  Comment below with links to your designs!


Apr 3 2014

What to Bring // Vodka Gummy Bears

This is such a fun and easy thing to make and bring to your most fun-loving hostess!

1. Buy any size bag of gummy bears

2. Put bears in a bowl and leave a few inches of room at the top

2. Take vodka of choice, the cheap stuff works just fine, and pour in bowl of bears until all of them are submerged and covered

3. Mix around, wrap in bowl with tinfoil and put in fridge for 3-4 days

4. You can eat on their own, or toss in mixed drinks or white wine for a sweet and oh-so-fun treat

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Apr 1 2014

Mar 26 2014

DIY Ideas // Super Easy DIY Sharpie Mugs

I decided to test out all of the DIY Sharpie Mugs I’ve been seeing on Pinterest lately for one of our lovely Gift Insider colleagues.  I’m always a little hesitant to try out handwritten crafts, because I’ve never been very fond of my penmenship and was worried it might turn out like a middle school art project…

But, with a little out of the box thinking I figured out a way… I used stickers as stencils to make amost perfect letters.

How to Make a DIY Sharpie Mug (w/ stickers)

1. Place the letter stickers on clean mug and trace around with a sharpie (I used silver since i loved the look with the Spring Starbucks cups)

2. Place mug in the oven (do not pre-heart) and heat up to 350 for 30 minutes

3. Take out of oven, let cool, take off stickers and you’ll have perfect letters and a totally customized mug



Mar 13 2014

Gift We Love // Vintage Inspired Personalized Play Kitchens

These Vintage Inspired Play Kitchens are one of those dream come true gifts, something that’s totally their own and that let’s them be just like Mom and Dad. The company that creates adorable and way-more-unique-than-average kitchen sets, Dibsies.com, sells a range of different vintage kitchen styles and colors and our offers the ability to personalize each kitchen with your giftee’s name.

While our Gift Insider favorite’s are the Vintage Inspired sets, scroll to the bottom to check out their Modern Option, lots of other styles on the site including a “foldable kitchen” for smaller spaces. Each set comes with a cordless phone, clickable knobs, a removable sink. It’s kind of the cutest addition to a playroom we’ve ever seen.

Price: $179.95 – $289.99

“InsiderPlatKitchen10″ for $10 off

Buy At: Dibsies.com

Personalized Vintage Kids Kitchen Set


Vintage Play Kitchen Red DibsieVintage Play Kitchens DibsieDibsie Play Kitchen Modern

This is a sponsored post written by The Gift Insider. As always, TheGiftInsider.com only accepts products on our site that we truly believe to be the most unique and creative gifts out there. We turn down 100′s of products and sift through the masses to bring you the coolest presents around.  We believe these play kitchens are absolutely one of them.


Mar 3 2014

Insider Tips // Engagement Gift Giving Etiqutte

Engagement Gift Etiquette

Between the holidays and Valentine’s Day it seems like everyone on your newsfeed just got engagement. Engagement gift etiquette is a well-debated subject.  Do you even need to give gift? If so, when? How much should you spend? And of course, what exactly should you give?

Q. When Should I Give an Engagement Gift?

- If you are invited and attend an engagement party
- If you are very close to the couple (in the wedding party or close family)
- If they have given you an engagement gift in the past

Q. How much should I spend? 

A. Engagement gifts are not where you should spend the big bucks.  This is typically a smaller & celebratory gift, under $50 is completely fine.  Bridal showers, Bachelorette parties and the actual Wedding Gifts are the ones to splurge on.

Q. What Should I Give? 


—> Engagement Ring MugsBling Wipes, Mr and Mrs Signs, their first Monogrammed Gift



—>A bridal Magazine Subscription, J Crew’s New Wedding  Planning Binders, a DIY Engagement Gift Kit, a Wood Journal 



—-> a custom stamp set with their new last name, a His and Hers Water bottles,   Happily Ever After Spoons and a custom throw 


Q. When is it not required to give an Engagement Gift? 

- If there are no hosted engagement events you are attending
- If they note no gifts on the invitation to an event (obvious, we know)
- If you can’t attend


Mar 3 2014

DIY Gift Ideas // Engagement Gift Kit

Thanks to inspiration from RuffledBlog, we created a DIY Engagement Gift Kit for a lovely couple, Mandi and Jake.

What you need:

- Magazine Holder

- Bridal Magazine

- Files + Sticky Notes

- Photo of couple printed sticky paper

- Download the Congrats text (or make your own)

Aisle File Engagement Gift Kit

Feel free to use some creative freedom with stickers, colors, sparkles.

Here are other DIY Gift Ideas for your Boyfriend/Girlfriend, or DIY Ideas to Bring to a Party.




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